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10 Best Australian Boots Brands to Give You a Leg Up | Man of Many

The one, the only: R.M. Williams. This legendary boots brand is named for its legendary founder, who once spent three years trekking through the Australian desert when he was in his late teens and early 20s. Empowered by his indomitable spirit and entrepreneurial instincts, Williams would eventually forge an empire, defining Australian bushwear style in the process. Here we are decades later and the brand’s iconic boots are still handcrafted from a single piece of leather, making them some of the best you can buy. Just ask spokesman Hugh Jackman.

1. R.M. Williams

Blundstone goes all the way back to 1870, using the time since to craft the perfect Australian work boot. Featuring a downright classic Aussie design (i.e. leather construction and no tongue or laces), the boot delivers safety, comfort, and durability in equal measure. Over the years, the brand has expanded its operation, stepping into the respective lifestyle and outdoor arenas. As such, you can find it all within their glorious inventory.

2. Blundstone

The 100% authentic Australian made work boots from Redback are “built as tough as the people who wear them.” They’re also safe and comfortable by design, featuring full-grain leather construction and a variety of optimal details. The brand’s best-seller is the Easy Escape, a slip-resistant leather work boot with elastic sides and a signature logo on the pull tabs. No matter what your environment, Redback Boots has you covered.

3. Redback Boots

Here’s another seasoned brand that’s mastered the art of the classic Australian work boots. Since 1910, Rossi Boots has catered to a full spectrum of industries and environments. That’s truer now than ever before, with a slate of dress boots and desert boots to show for it. Thanks to a broad network of distributors, the label also spreads Aussie quality and design to the world at large. If you don’t want to overthink the whole work boot-buying process, consider this the beginning and end of your journey.

4. Rossi Boots

As if conjuring the spirit of a bygone era, head cordwainer Jess Cameron-Wootten (son of bespoke footwear maker Ross Wootten) custom-makes his boots to order, meaning a little patience is key. He plies his craft at a solitary workshop in Victoria, engaging with customers through a Melbourne storefront. It all results in a truly palpable tier of quality, the kind of which can be seen in every spare stitch. In addition to offering boots of all styles, Wootten also custom-makes its own athletic footwear. The brand’s bags and aprons likewise brim with the artisanal touch.

5. Wootten

Looking for a pair of Australian Chelsea boots? How about hiking boots, suede boots, zip boots, chukka boots, work boots, or dress boots? You can probably figure out where we’re going with this: to Julius Marlow, where no type, size, or style gets left behind. No matter what you’re seeking, you’ll find it here. Start exploring now.

6. Julius Marlow

What began in a Melbourne workshop circa 1958 has since grown into a nationwide brand, with over 40 locations throughout Australia. Now overseen by the third generation of original family members, Aquila (which translates to ‘Eagle’) continues to incorporate a European influence, all while maintaining the utmost dedication toward quality and style. It all results in some truly fashionable footwear, along with premium accessories like belts, wallets, ties, and socks. This is everything the modern man can ask for in a top Australian brand.

7. Aquila

True to its name, Mongrel Boots gets downright savage when it comes to the Australian work boots. Born and bred on native soil, the brand rocketed to success on the back of its zip-side style boots, which remain a category leader here in Australia. Even as the label grows, its output remains identifiable by way of design and endurance alike.

8. Mongrel Boots

Presenting yet another brand that goes way back. Just how far back, you ask? Try all the way back to 1850. It’s then no surprise that Baxter Boots & Shoes has quality and craftsmanship on lock, and a massive following to boot (no pun intended). The brand’s trademark elastic sided riding boots remain the stuff of legend.

9. Baxter Boots & Shoes

Capping off our list of the best Australian made boots is Steel Blue. 100% Aussie owned, the label has been providing comfortable and resilient footwear since 1995, penetrating both national and international markets in the process. Packed with innovation, the boots feature patented soling system cushions, heat resistant outsoles, electrical protection, Ortho Rebound Footbeds, full-grain leather construction, and elite Toe Cap technology, among other things. The name pretty much says it all: these boots are tough as steel (albeit much cosier).

10. Steel Blue

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